11. Enforcement Activity
Enforcement covers the actions that can be taken when developments happen without permission or when conditions have not been followed. There can be a variety of actions that are taken. Authorities have powers to serve notices asking for more information about a development. They can stop a development that does not have permission, or where the development does not follow the conditions attached to the permission which was granted. The Authority can also issue a fixed penalty or refer the matter to the Procurator Fiscal.
The total number of enforcement cases taken up in 2015/16 was 5,475. Of these cases there were 495 notices served, with 2 being reported to the Procurator Fiscal and 2 cases resulting in prosecution. In 2014/15 there were 5,599 cases taken up, 485 notices served, 5 reports to the Procurator Fiscal and 0 cases resulting in prosecution. ( Annual, 2015/16: Table 32)